IE Antivirus Wants Your Money – Don’t Fall For It!

Many of us go into curiosity mode when we surf the Internet. One of the keys to the success of the web is that it can in fact, satisfy our curiosity about almost anything we can think of. Over time we have learned to satisfy this curiosity simply by a mouse click here, and a mouse click there. In a sense, we have a conditioned response to “just click”.

So there you are surfing the net when you get his popup on your screen: “your system is infected with dangerous virus! Note: Strongly recommend to install antispyware program to clean your system and avoid total crash of your computer! Click OK to download the antispyware.

This type of popup announcement is a very powerful motivator. Would you click?

Unfortunately, if you had clicked on this particular popup you would have begun the process of infecting your computer with IEAntiVirus rogue security software, the objective of which is to convince you to pay for the removal of false positives; fake or false malware detection warnings, that this program is designed to install on your machine.

IEAntiVirus, a clone of MalwareBell, FilesSecure and IEDefender was specifically developed to mislead unaware computer users’ into downloading and paying for the “full” version of this bogus software, based on the false malware positives generated by the application. Even if you are tricked into paying for the “full” version, nothing, not even the false warnings will be cleaned from your computer.

The message here is: never click on unsolicited invitations to download software of any kind.

You need to be sure that any security application you are considering installing on your computer is recognized as legitimate by industry experts. To do that, visit Spyware Warrior, an excellent web site that will advise you what products work and have a deserved reputation for quality performance.

Generally, reputable anti-spyware software is capable of detecting rogue software if it attempts to install, or on a malware scan. But this is not always the case. Anti-malware programs that rely on a definition database can be behind the curve in recognizing the newest threats.

A good partial solution to this problem is to ensure you have installed, and are running, an anti-malware application such as ThreatFire 3, free from PC Tools. This type of program operates using heuristics, or behavioral analysis, to identify newer threats.

As well, Malwarebytes, a reliable anti-malware company has created a free application to help keep you safe and secure. RogueRemover (latest version released May 30/08), will safely remove a number of rogue security applications.

A further resource worth noting is the Bleeping Computer web site where help is available for many computer related problems, including the removal of rogue software.

What you can do to reduce the chances of infecting your system with rogue security software.

  • Be careful in downloading freeware or shareware programs. Spyware is occasionally concealed in these programs. Download this type of program only through reputable web sites such as Download.com, or sites that you know to be safe.
  • Consider carefully the inherent risks attached to peer-to-peer (P2P), or file sharing applications.
  • Install an Internet Browser add-on that provides protection against questionable or unsafe websites. My personal favorite is Web of Trust, an Internet Explorer/FireFox add-on that offers substantial protection against questionable or unsafe websites.
  • Do not click on unsolicited invitations to download software of any kind.

Additional precautions you can take to protect your computer system:

  • When surfing the web: Stop. Think. Click
  • Don’t open unknown email attachments
  • Don’t run programs of unknown origin
  • Disable hidden filename extensions
  • Keep all applications (including your operating system) patched
  • Turn off your computer or disconnect from the network when not in use
  • Disable Java, JavaScript, and ActiveX if possible
  • Disable scripting features in email programs
  • Make regular backups of critical data
  • Make a boot disk in case your computer is damaged or compromised
  • Turn off file and printer sharing on the computer.
  • Install a personal firewall on the computer.
  • Install anti-virus/anti-spyware software and ensure it is configured to automatically update when you are connected to the Internet
  • Ensure the anti-virus software scans all e-mail attachments

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9 responses to “IE Antivirus Wants Your Money – Don’t Fall For It!

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  2. My initial response to this is, “What? Another one?!”
    It seems like these guys would tire of going through the time and expense of writing rogue anti-spyware just to get $30 out of a few naive people..
    But, when you buy the “full” version, you’re giving them your cc+validation+name as it appears on the card. Cyber-criminals like those pieces of info…
    The truly sad part is, enough people are falling for these pop-ups to make it well worth their while to write these and rig websites.
    Don’t be one of them. And don’t let your friends and loved ones be victims either.. forward a copy of this article to them and urge them to read the whole thing.

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  4. sudhahar R

    Hi All,
    now the issue is solved. and the first thing i did is opening this forum to put it… I was tortured by this virus for almost three days and I couldn’t open anything in my computer.

    see what I did to clean it.
    If you are already infected with this IEAV, you need to follow the removal instruction, if you are not yet infected with this malware and geting annoying popup,

    I opened IE clear all the browsing history. including all files.
    I went to internet options -> programs -> manage add ons and disabled all the add ons which are marked as ‘not verified’ and I have had a doubt on this addon called ‘IE ext’ it was not shown any remarks as verified or not verified. but I disabled that too. I dont know which step actually solved the problem.
    but I don’t want to see that again
    hope it may help.

    Thanks guys.

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  6. Ray

    I don’t know if I have downloaded this ie-av software or not but keep getting popups and it keeps prompting me to purchase it whenever I TRY TO OPEN IE. Could someone send to JMI1949@aol.com the steps to remove this malicious thing. Please list steps as step 1., step 2, step 3 etc. Many thanks, Ray It is Friday night about 9:30 CDST and I need my PC.

  7. i paid 30.00 pounds sterling to download this software, it was priced at $39.95, i am a new user to the pc, and found it was the only way to get onto internet explorer, i do have a 30 day money back, am i wise to remove this pain in the ass, which keeps causing my pc to lock up, and request my money back, please help.

  8. billmullins

    Hi Annette,

    Without a doubt, you need to remove this rogue software from your computer. If you are new to computing, I strongly suggest you get help from an experienced user since removal can be difficult.

    Please visit http://www.internetinspiration.co.uk/roguefix.htm where help in removal is available.

    Good luck,

    Bill Mullins

  9. Joan

    MANY MANY thanks to “sudhahar R” for his/her solution. I did basically the same thing and I think I removed the popups that wanted me to install IE Antivirus:
    1. Tools, Internet Options, Clear all browsing history.
    2. Tools, Internet Options, Programs, Manage IE Options –
    a. Disable IE AntiSpyware
    b. Disable IE Story
    3. Restart Internet Explorer.

    Wow… You saved me so much time. Thanks again.